- David Weigel @ The Washington Post: New James O’Keefe video: Clinton campaign allowed a foreigner to acquire official swag.
- Alan Colmes: Jared Taylor: Trump Best Hope For White People.
- Dan @ TFN Insider: David Barton Lectures Pope Francis (Really).
- Mark Potok @ Hatewatch: Group Attacking Planned Parenthood Linked to Extremists.
- Snopes: FACT CHECK: Does Mt. McKinley’s former and new name, "Denali," mean "Black Power" in Kenyan?
- Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis continues to refuse to abide by court orders to provide marriage licenses to gay couples because, she says, "it is a Heaven or Hell decision."
- Due to her refusal, Davis now gets to appear in court later this week to explain to a judge why she shouldn't be held in contempt.
- The National Organization for Marriage, of course, fully supports Davis and declares that, like her, "NOM will never bow to a lie, nor will we salute what is evil."
- Franklin Graham has some thoughts: "Isn’t it a shame that universities all across the country are allowing the LGBT community to push their propaganda on America’s young people!"
- Todd Starnes also has some thoughts: "Friends - the time has come for President Obama to order the race agitators to stand down. Immediately!"
- Glenn Beck knows what is "really" going on with the Mt. McKinley name change: It's all misdirection!
- Finally, a "Christian woman" explains her support for Donald Trump using, quite possibly, the least convincing argument ever:
"Although I am not sure that Donald Trump has ever decisively made Jesus the Lord of his life, I have seen something about his heart by observing his current views. There is a somewhat curious repentance that seems to have taken place in his life—a dramatic shifting away from the ungodly liberal ideologies, and a determination to further Christian-friendly policies. Simply put, if not born again, Mr. Trump’s heart does seem to be steered by the Lord. When he changes his view about a matter, it seems to be because of a realization on his part that his former paradigm was simply wrong. From what I can tell, his switching of positions has nothing whatsoever to do with politics and everything to do with conscience."
North Carolina’s Pat McCrory is the fourth Republican governor to agree to host a “Response” prayer rally organized by Christian-nation extremist David Lane and other dominionist activists. Rick Perry used a “Response” rally to launch his doomed 2012 presidential bid; since then Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley have hosted rallies in their states.
As we have repeatedly explained, there are serious problems with governors lending their name and the power of their office to events that are built on the premise that the only answer to the nation’s problems is for the country to “return” to Jesus. They are exclusionary events that suggest only Christians — more specifically, Christians who share the Religious Right’s views — can be part of solving the nation’s problems. And, while pretending to be nonpolitical, they use politicians to give credibility to their anti-gay, anti-choice, America-as-Christian-nation agenda. They turn politics into spiritual warfare and political opponents into enemies of God.
The North Carolina “Response” event is scheduled for September 26 at the convention center in Charlotte. On Monday, organizers placed a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer, featuring a photo of McCrory and the invitation, “Come Join Me in a time of worship, prayer, fasting and repentance.”
McCrory is getting some negative feedback, and the Observer reported yesterday that McCrory has distanced himself from the ad, with a spokesman saying the governor had agreed to speak but had not given permission to use his name in inviting people to the event. McCrory reportedly said he’s “proud to attend the event and be a part of what hopefully will be a constructive dialog.”
But either McCrory hasn’t done his homework or he’s being disingenuous. Response events are not meant to be a dialogue. They are part of a strategic public relations and political strategy being advanced by men like David Lane, who is trying to mobilize an “army” of conservative Christians to turn the 2016 elections and to remake the United States along the lines of what Lane sees as the country’s covenant with God. America, Lane says, is a nation founded by Christians “for the Glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”
This event, like other Response rallies, will be hosted by “apostle” Doug Stringer and paid for by David Lane’s American Renewal Project, which operates under the umbrella of the viciously anti-gay American Family Association. In advance of the rallies kicking off Perry’s and Jindal’s presidential bids in Texas and Louisiana, organizers distributed materials that blamed supposed national sins like the acceptance of homosexuality for Hurricane Katrina.
Next week, Glenn Beck will be joining Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Donald Trump at a "Stop the Iran Nuclear Deal" rally outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C. On his radio program today, Beck said that he agreed to participate in the rally because now is the time that he, and all Americans, must be seen by God taking a stand for life.
Whereas President Obama "has made his choice: death," Beck will oppose the nuclear deal so that he can been seen by God taking a stand "for life."
"We, as Americans, must choose," Beck said. "What's your choice? You may not even be able to change the course of the country, but you will be on record. I'm not going to follow down that path ... I stand with the Jews who have the right to live, the right to exist, and the right to defend themselves for the first time since the age of Jesus."
"I stand with God and His command to bless the Jewish people," he continued, "and I stand understanding His warning that He will curse those who curse Israel. I just want my voice on record. I just want to be seen, not by the people, not by the press, not by the president, not by Congress, but by the only authority that matters to be anymore and that's Almighty God. I want Him seeing me and my family standing on behalf of the weak, the oppressed, and the righteous."
"We're about to cross that red line and there's no coming back from this one," he concluded.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is outraged by President Obama’s decision to restore the original name of the country’s highest peak, Denali, after years of campaigning by Alaskans including the state’s Republican senators.
Huckabee told Newsmax TV yesterday that he’d like to see Republicans in Congress block the move and joked that Obama might next want to change the name of the Washington Monument to the “Obama Monument.” The GOP presidential candidate continued his anti-Denali crusade in an interview with Iowa conservative radio host Jan Mickelson yesterday, saying that renaming the mountain is “outrageous” and shows that the president “doesn’t think that there are any limits” on his power.
Huckabee placed part of the blame on Republicans in Congress who, he said, have been indulging the president like a spoiled child. “It’s almost like the child,” he said, “that if you keep on letting him get cookies out of the cookie jar and nobody ever slaps his hand and says you can’t do it, he’s going to keep eating cookies. And this president is going to eat the last cookie in the jar all the way up to his last day in office.”
When Mickelson suggested that renaming national monuments could be a good “opportunity for fundraising” for a president, Huckabee joked, “If I’m president, I think we’ll name the Arkansas River the Huckabee River, why not?”
“This could be how he finances his presidential library,” he joked of Obama, “he sells naming rights to various national monuments all over the country and Mt. Rushmore becomes ‘Mt. Schwartz.’”
Mike Huckabee said in an interview with Newsmax TV yesterday that Hillary Clinton owes him an “apology” because after criticizing him for claiming that the Iranian nuclear deal would march Israelis to the “door of the oven,” she made an oblique reference to “boxcars” in a recent speech about immigration.
Huckabee also lit into Clinton for saying that the Republican Party’s “extreme views on women” are what you might expect from “some of the terrorist groups. Planned Parenthood, Huckabee insisted, are the ones who are “most like terrorists.”
Saying that the media had applied a “total double standard” in its coverage of his "legitimate and appropriate" Holocaust remark, Hucakbee said, “It was also a double standard when she was talking about Planned Parenthood and Republicans are like terrorists."
"I’ll tell you what terrorists do," he said. "Terrorists take people’s heads off, that’s what they do. Planned Parenthood takes the heads off of unborn children and sells the body parts. So if you want to talk about what is most like a terrorists, is it a Republican trying to save a human life or is it Planned Parenthood murdering human life and selling the body parts as if they were selling parts of a car.”
Huckabee made a similar comparison between Planned Parenthood and ISIS at a campaign stop in Iowa last week.
Today on “The 700 Club,” a viewer asked Pat Robertson if the world will end on September 23, a date that some evangelists claim will hold some sort of catastrophe. While he didn’t mention an exact date, Robertson responded that the end is indeed nigh.
“The clock is down to 11:59,” he said. “I think that things are getting ready to wrap up.”
While introducing a news report today about Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who is defying the Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, “700 Club” host Pat Robertson offered an “I told you so” message to viewers.
Boasting that he and others warned people that the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling would undermine freedom, Robertson lamented that “there will be persecution time and time again against those people who disagree with the prevailing view that sodomy should be the law of the land and should be practiced openly and without any restraints whatsoever.”
Liberty Counsel, the right-wing legal organization that has represented Davis in her unsuccessful legal fight, urged its supporters to back her stand against the “militant homosexuals” seeking to exercise their right to get married:
Pray for Kim Davis! Late last night the Supreme Court denied our emergency appeal to keep Kim out of jail. Even though they can go to any of 137 other clerks, today the militant homosexuals who sued her will be on her front step FORCING her to choose between obeying Scripture or going to jail.
Liberty Counsel radio host Matt Barber praised Davis as a modern-day Rosa Parks:
A modern day Rosa Parks... https://t.co/RBVBLMzeOC— Matt Barber (@jmattbarber) September 1, 2015
Bryan Fischer of American Family Radio has similarly compared Davis to Nazi resistors and abolitionists:
I support Kim Davis like I'd support a judge in 1858 who wouldn't authorize the capture of a fugitive slave, "law" or not.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) September 1, 2015
I support Kim Davis like I would support a clerk who wouldn't sign a form allowing a box car into Auschwitz, "law" or not.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) September 1, 2015
Kim Davis is an American hero. Standing on timeless truth against politically correct tyranny. http://t.co/ZQYyrmO4wg— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) September 1, 2015
End times pastor Carl Gallups was a guest on TheDove TV yesterday to promote his forthcoming book, "Be Thou Prepared: Equipping the Church for Persecution and Times of Trouble," where, predictably, he warned Christians to be prepared for coming persecution.
While Christians in America may not be suffering brutal government persecution yet, Gallups warned, this nation is marching in that direction and Christians must prepare themselves.
"We can see the beginning signs," he said. "Where we are now is where persecution always begins. It begins in the small stages, it begins with lampooning and lambasting and making fun of, and it begins with historical revisionism, and it begins with political correctness, and it begins with gun control. All of these things, Nazi Germany did it, North Korea did it, China did it, the Middle East has done it, and now we're seeing the beginning stages of this in America."
"Even coming from our Supreme Court decisions," he continued, "and legalizing gay marriage. And the Christian bakers and the Christian florists being sued and run out of business and the mayor in Houston demanding sermons from pastors and threatening lawsuits. We're watching it happen. We're watching the beginning stages."
At the first Republican presidential debate last month, the Fox News moderators asked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker about the Black Lives Matter movement. As we noted at the time, Walker’s answer seemed bland but contained a coded message for regular Fox News viewers : that he had discussed the issue “many times” with Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a frequent Fox News guest who specializes in denying racial disparities in the criminal justice system and in criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement.
Clarke took his criticism of Black Lives Matter to a new low this weekend when, as a guest on Fox News, he blamed the movement for the recent shooting of a sheriff’s deputy in Houston, saying, “I’m tired of hearing people call these people black activists, they’re not activists, this is black slime and it needs to be eradicated from the American society and the American culture.”
He urged viewers to push back “against this slime, this filth” and “these ugly people.”
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